Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:39 certifications jump three-fold, ‘aligns with service provider momentum’


The systems vendor list for certified-interoperable solutions has risen from 7 to 24, a three-fold jump, suggesting a solid future for the technology.

The Broadband Forum has announced from Fremont, California, that “the number of certified-interoperable solutions has jumped from 7 to 24 in less than three months, as mass deployment of the ultrafast access technology builds".

We’re told that “ADTRAN, EXFO and Viavi have been added to the list of companies whose products have successfully completed the Gfast certification programme from the Broadband Forum and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)".

Robin Mersh, chief executive at the Broadband Forum, said: “From recent leading provider deployment announcements and analyst predictions, there is no doubt that is gathering momentum with the value of certified inter-operable systems well-recognised as key for mass-market provisioning of ultrafast broadband.

“Having only announced the first certification results less than three months ago, it’s great to see the certification program’s rapid and measurable progress,” Mersh continued. 

Lincoln Lavoie, senior engineer, Broadband Technologies, at UNH-IOL, said: “The certification programme is driving cross chipset inter-operability and performance at all levels including device software for management and control. testing has already been more rigorous than any previous certification testing and we are testing individual features more deeply than we have on any previous technology.”

ADTRAN, EXFO and Viavi join ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor, which were “the first companies to achieve device certification supported by chip manufacturers Broadcom, Metanoia and Sckipio.”

The certification is in accordance with the Forum’s IR-337 certification test specification.

Testing is carried out at the Forum’s approved test laboratory at the UNH-IOL. The growing list of certified devices is available on the Forum’s certification page

In Australia, the NBN Co published a blog post back in October 2016, entitled: “G.Fast set for nearly 30 million end users by 2021.” 

On 14 July, NBN Co issued another blog post entitled: “DSL upgrade paths: The difference between and XG.FAST.” 

iTWire covered this blog post in an article entitled: “NBN Co sees future shrouded in copper.”

More information on the Broadband Forum’s work can be found here


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